Just discovered a really great tool that comes as part of Windows 7, the Problem Steps Recorder. It allows to record user interaction to a document allowing to reproduce and document a problem.
Therefor it takes a screenshot of every user action highlighting the focus areas of the ongoing interaction with a colored frame. Also it provides an automatically generated textual description of every step. Everything is stored in an MHTML container a custom Microsoft archive format that contains HTML as well as the screenshots in one single file that can be viewed with Internet Explorer. Several solutions to convert this file exist if Internet Explorer is not your favorite tool.
To launch it just type “psr” at the prompt in the Windows start menu.
The preliminary source code is currently available in their SVN repository’s. The code relies heavily on the NVidia CUDA development libraries for GPU optimizations and will require a compatible GPU for best results.
Besides the Kinect the library supports several other sensors. Moving forward, the developers want to continue to refine and improve the system, and are hoping to improve upon the original algorithm in order to model larger scale environments in the near future. The code is still beta, a stable release is planed to coincide with the upcoming PCL 2.0 release.
I’m definitely looking forward for to what the Kinect community is going to do with that.
German IT Magazine c’t developed a tool for managing a MicrosoftSkyDrive. SkyDrive gives you 25GB of cloud storage for free but it comes only with a browsers based upload interface. The c’t uploader tool fixes this problem. It allows to upload files via Drag n’ Drop encrypts them if you want and is also accessible from the commandline.
Capturing an object in three dimensions doesn’t require the budget of Avatar. A new cell phone app developed by Microsoft researchers can be sufficient. The software uses overlapping snapshots to build a photo-realistic 3-D model that can be spun around and viewed from any angle.
Another company providing a similar solution is 3Dmedia.